July 13, 2016: Boeing announced 10 new orders and commitments at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow for its Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) programme.
Cargo Air, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Lineas Aereas Suramericanas (LAS) Cargo, based in Bogota, Colombia, will each receive two 737-800BCFs. Air Algerie, based in Algiers, Algeria, signed a commitment for two 737-800BCFs. An unidentified customer ordered four 767BCFs.
"We have received very positive response from the market for Boeing's 737-800 and 767 freighter conversion programmes,” said Rick Anderson, vice president of sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. “As our customers expand their freighter services and seek to improve fleet efficiencies, they are coming to Boeing for their freighter needs because of the quality and value we provide.”
Boeing's freighter conversion programmes transition passenger airplanes into freighters, extending the economic life of the airplane.
Boeing has won 22 firm orders for the 767BCF and up to 59 orders and commitments from customers around the globe for the 737-800BCF. Both models meet the demand for freighters to support the express cargo market.
Boeing launched the 737-800BCF programme in February in response to this demand. Airplanes will be modified into freighters at select facilities located near conversion demand, including Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services. The first 737-800BCF is expected to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Boeing is a leader in providing 24/7 support and service to the global aviation industry. In addition to designing freighter conversions, Boeing offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services including interior modifications, aftermarket parts, subscription-based maintenance programmes, engineering support, crew training, route planning, digital crew scheduling, advanced data analytics and software to enhance airlines and leasing company operations.